Common Stock


  • A type of security that denotes partial ownership in a corporation, but "common stocks" are distinct from "preferred stocks" in that common stocks are paid dividends after preferred stocks. Likewise, in the event of the corporation's bankruptcy, common stockholders receive debt repayment after preferred stockholders, which oftentimes leave common stockholders with little or no compensation. Common stocks usually provide the stockholder voting rights on certain matters ("voting shares"), but some common stocks have a non-voting class of stocks ("non-voting shares"). Also known as "common share," or "ordinary share."

ordinary share, ordinary stock, voting stock, common share, non-voting share, non-voting stock, voting share


Alternate Spellings
preferred stock

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    • A company, either for-profit or non-profit.
    • Commercial, industrial or professional activities undertaken by an entity.
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      Also referred to as non-voting shares.
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      • A legal entity that is legally separate from its owners and employees.
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        • The value of a property minus outstanding mortgage debt and other liens.
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        • When shares of a corporation become available to the public for the first time.
      • Investment Banking (IBK) Acronym,
        • Bank operations that manage a bank's funding position, as well as its holdings of Treasury bills, bonds and preferred and common stock.
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          • A company that is sold on a stock exchange.
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